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Peoria Zoo won’t vaccinate animals for now

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PEORIA (WEEK) - Zoos across the country are vaccinating certain animals more prone to getting COVID-19, but not yet locally.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, zoo animals have tested positive for COVID due to their close contact with humans.

Primarily it has been reported that animals from the big cat family and great apes are more likely to contract the virus.

"We are looking at that very closely, seeing what kind of success they have there, and if it's something we deem our animals will need, then we will do that," said Peoria Zoo Director Yvonne Strode.

The Peoria Zoo will not vaccinate its animals for now, but will take into account continued research before making any changes.

AJ Douglas

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